Fall Program – New Circle Conversations

Fall Program – New Circle Conversations

October 10th, 2011 (1 Comment)

“BE THE GARDEN” … this coming year at Stonehaven.

We have become an urbanized consumer culture that lives increasingly hooked and dependent upon technology and mechanization.  The quiet wisdom that comes from rural life and religious or indigenous practice that plants us in the soil of the earth and her peoples, is often run over in the frenetic pace of our lives. As Richard Louv has said in his new book, “The Nature Principle”: The future will belong to the nature-smart … those individuals, families, businesses and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”

Stonehaven is a suburban property in Main Line Philadelphia dedicated to thoughtful contemplative dialogue. It is a place where the landscaped garden, the quiet stream, and the untamable forest offers you space to slow down and listen to your own life speak.

This following season we will be offering different programs – a few hours, a full day or weekend retreats considering these questions:

  • How do we live as humans in this world … Being the Garden?
  • How do we recognize and honor those natural values that come from the earth, through respect for all her creatures and creation?
  • What can we learn from a closer attention to our own place on this planet, from listening and observing the rhythms of the seasons and the many uncontrollable elements of our lives?
  • How do we actively “garden” our relational lives – as communities of practice in our professional work and in our personal lives – in our families and neighborhoods?
  • What “habits of the heart” can we nurture in order to care for our personal soul growth and become better citizens of this planet?
  • How do we employ the tools of silence and conversation in a circle of diversity, and still maintain our own integrity as individuals?
  • What does it mean to tend our “inner” garden?


Monthly Friday afternoon Circle Conversations  1.00 – 3.30pm : Sept 30, Oct 28, Dec 2 … and into 2012

October 11:  7.00pm ... “Democracy from the Inside Out” .Watch a special web-cast with Parker Palmer.  Parker will talk from his new book, “Healing the Heart of Democracy.”

Join us for dessert and conversation to follow the program. We will consider this very timely and absolutely important, “pre-political” message, with the focus on “us” and not “them”, and our commitment to five habits of the heart and the range of things each of us can do in the settings of our lives.

One Response

  1. Jill says:

    Carol- This is divine…I miss you!!
    As always, I wish you and the goodness of Stonehaven weren’t so far away.

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